The Connecticut Collaborative to End Loneliness has been established in response to the need for leadership and coordination among numerous agencies and organizations in Connecticut to address the public health crisis of loneliness.
Recent studies show that more than 60% of Americans are feeling lonely. Recognizing that loneliness can lead to a 26% increased risk of premature all-cause mortality, countries around the world have begun to address the loneliness public health crisis. Loneliness is a subjective experience resulting from the feeling of social disconnectedness and differs from isolation which is a lack of social connection.
Various studies have determined that loneliness is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide, as well as heart disease and dementia, among others. Further, research indicates that those who are lonely and/or socially isolated are less productive at work and have higher rates of workplace absenteeism. These combined costs on our society are immeasurable.
In response, CT nonprofit For All Ages is forming this statewide Collaborative comprised of private and public entities that recognize the importance of, and need for, addressing loneliness and social disconnectedness among residents of all ages across Connecticut.
Collaborative members are aligning their expertise, experience, and resources to achieve tangible progress toward eliminating loneliness experienced by CT residents of all ages.
Raise awareness of the negative mental and physical health impacts of loneliness and highlight its detrimental impact and costs to society.
Engage healthcare professionals to work collaboratively to make loneliness a standard component of annual physical examinations for people of all ages and to develop standard protocols and referral solutions.
Undertake a statewide publicity campaign to eliminate the stigma of loneliness among the general population and encourage citizens of all ages to talk about loneliness and engage socially.
Create opportunities for dialogue around the loneliness epidemic at the high school and college levels. Develop and deliver a loneliness education program to high schools throughout the state, develop a taskforce of mental health professionals across CT universities, and facilitate the establishment of intergenerational programs involving students and residents of neighboring towns.
Address older adult loneliness by engaging aging professionals and town leaders in conversations about loneliness via a series of information sessions and facilitating the development of local programmatic solutions for social connection.
We're seeking solution-oriented people and organizations interested in collaborating to end loneliness and improve the social health of Connecticut's residents.